Millions of Americans are affected by dental anxiety, to one degree or another. For some people the anxiety is so strong, they avoid going to the dentist altogether. That might seem rational enough: why do something when you know it’s going to upset you? The problem with that, of course, is that they’re putting their dental health at risk. Dental sedation from Designer Smiles in Fargo can help.
The reasons some people get anxious just thinking about a checkup and cleaning include having sharp scrapers in their mouths, and the fear of injections. We take these concerns seriously, and offer them three dental sedation options: nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and a drug-free alternative called NuCalm.
- NuCalm. This is a method of stimulating the body’s natural relaxation mechanism. It includes GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid), cranial electrotherapy stimulation, soothing music, and light-blocking glasses. NuCalm is known to be effective, and is a good choice for anyone reluctant to take sedatives.
- Nitrous oxide. Commonly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a hundred years. It may or may not make you laugh, but it is safe and effective. It also wears off quickly.
- Oral conscious sedation. This is a sedative, in pill form. You take it an hour or so before your scheduled procedure. It does not usually make patients sleep, but it will make you very drowsy. You won’t be very aware of what’s going on around you, and will need a ride home afterward.
Skipping the dentist puts your dental health at risk. Dental sedation is valuable, because it can get you here when your instincts may be to skip your appointment, or not even make one. Better to have a little help getting through a procedure than getting a mouth full of cavities, or worse.
Don’t let anxiety prevent you from getting the dental treatment you need. Make an appointment with Designer Smiles in Fargo today. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and serve patients in West Fargo, Moorhead, and throughout the area.
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